Apr 12, 2014; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers forward Tristan Thompson (13) reaches for a loose ball in the third quarter against the Brooklyn Nets at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports
Tristan Thompson has missed the first two weeks of training camp now due to a contract dispute, and there doesn't appear to be any end to the holdout in sight.
Thompson and his agent believe he should get a max offer (over either three or five years), while the Cavaliers haven't yet been willing to go quite that high.
Thompson's restricted status will remain in place next summer, so the Cavaliers could simply match any offer he receives at that time. But max contracts are determined as a percentage of the salary cap, and since it's increasing so dramatically next season, it may be cheaper for Cleveland to get a deal done now rather than potentially losing Thompson for an entire season.